Obama reignites political debate over Cuba
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The surprising move by President Barack Obama to restore U.S. ties with Cuba reignited long-simmering political passions over the fate of the island nation, reinforcing yet another difference between Democrat Hillary Rodham Clinton and several Republicans eyeing bids for the White House....
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Putin accuses West of trying to sideline Russia
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin vowed Thursday to fix Russia's economic woes within two years, voicing confidence that the plummeting ruble will recover and promising to diversify Russia's gas-dependent economy....
Poll: 80 percent back Putin even as ruble falls
MOSCOW (AP) -- From a Western perspective, Vladimir Putin's days as president of Russia should be numbered: The ruble has lost more than half its value, the economy is in crisis and his aggression in Ukraine has turned the country into an international pariah....
Cubans hope for better future with US-Havana deal
HAVANA (AP) -- Cubans cheered the surprise announcement that their country will restore relations with the United States, hopeful they'll soon see expanded trade and new economic vibrancy even though the 53-year-old economic embargo remains in place for the time being....
Feds announce Uganda-based counterfeiting charges
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Federal authorities in Pittsburgh are set to announce criminal charges against a man accused of leading an international counterfeit money operation based in the African nation of Uganda....
Charlie Brown and a city's ugly Christmas tree
READING, Pa. (AP) -- Reading's official Christmas tree has brought the city plenty of grief. Good grief....
Mummers to march in Philadelphia for Mardi Gras
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The group whose New Year's parade has been dubbed Philadelphia's Mardi Gras says it'll put on an actual Mardi Gras celebration next year....
Parent finds slain man in car at Pittsburgh school
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- A Pittsburgh elementary school was placed on lockdown after a parent there to pick up his daughter found a dead body in a car outside....
Suspect arrested in Philadelphia arson attacks
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Police say they've arrested a suspect in connection with two intentionally set fires at a Philadelphia home....
$8M lawsuit claims cover-up in Pa. police killing
SPRINGETTSBURY, Pa. (AP) -- The family of a knife-and-scissor-wielding man whose fatal shooting by central Pennsylvania police was captured on dashboard video says the local prosecutor covered up what happened....
Ax, machete, pill bottles near rampage suspect
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Former Marines who served with a man believed to have killed his ex-wife and five of her relatives said he fought constantly with her, although a Veterans Administration psychiatrist deemed him free of any suicidal or homicidal thoughts a week before the deadly rampage....
Corbett weighs options in final weeks as governor
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- His days as Pennsylvania governor numbered, Gov. Tom Corbett says his options for life outside of government could include working on a 2016 presidential campaign....
New York to ban fracking; environmentalists cheer
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) -- Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits....
High court reinstates teen killer's death sentence
PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The Pennsylvania Supreme Court this week reinstated the death sentence of a man who killed a church deacon as a teen and later said the victim had sexually abused him....
Following the release of American hostage Alan Gross after five years of captivity in Cuba, President Obama is calling on Congress to lift the decades old embargo. Obama also announced the start of talks with the Cuba government to normalize relations, including opening of an embassy in Havanna.
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